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6. Increased participation: engaging communities for better health outcomes

Elizabeth Harris, Elizabeth Comino, Lis Young, Angela Berthelson, Vladimir Williams, Michael Kakakios

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Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth Comino

Lis Young

Angela Berthelson

Vladimir Williams

Michael Kakakios

Abstract

Health and opportunities for health are not equally distributed in our community; for most measures of disease the least advantaged have almost a doubling of risk compared to the most advantaged. While the health differentials between women are often narrower than between men, when examining mortality and morbidity by any measure of social class (such as education, employment status, or place of residence) it is the similarities between men and women within each socioeconomic group that is more striking than the differences between genders.